• A few great Midwest trails
The National Trail System of the US spans more than 60,000 miles, across all 50 states. Many of these paths are right here in the Midwest.
Hiking is great exercise and can help you clear your mind. Make sure to wear the proper clothing, bring a snack and water, and a buddy for safety. Consider one of these trails if you are in the area.
The famous Ozark Trail, in Missouri, consists of more than 350 miles of paths in the highlands of the Ozarks. A highly sought after portion of the trail, the 12-mile section between Taum Suak and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, leads brave hikers through mountains, rock formations, and to the highest waterfall in Missouri. Make sure to pack a towel and enjoy the natural swimming pool before making your return.
A short, yet beautiful hike, the Split Rock Creek Trail loop at Palisades State Park, in South Dakota, is only 1.5 miles long. The Split Rock Creek is lined with rugged bluffs. The trail provides scenic overlooks and you may even see a few rock climbers scaling the Sioux quartzite formations.
Cross the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan on the Manistee River Trail. Enjoy 8.8 miles of rolling hills and wetland views before finding a waterfall. Many hikers will turn around here, but you may choose to make the 23-mile loop which will lead you onto the North Country Scenic Trail.